KABUL, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017
– At 8:22 am, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated in Kabul near Zambaq Square outside the Green Zone, which houses diplomatic and government facilities. The vigilance and courage of Afghan security forces prevented the VBIED from gaining entry to the Green Zone, but the explosion caused civilian casualties in the vicinity.
The attack demonstrates a complete disregard for civilians and reveals the barbaric nature of the enemy faced by the Afghan people. It also highlights the hypocrisy of the enemy who claim that they only target Afghan Security Forces and Foreign forces, yet continue to cause death and suffering amongst innocent Afghans.
We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those wounded. We praise the courage of Afghan Security Forces, especially the police and first responders. Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country.
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